My dear fellow journeymen,
2015 was an awesome year for FM in India. The year took off with the memorable Kerala state conference in Calicut in the 1st week of Jan itself, followed by an unprecedented number of state Conferences and CMEs, subsequent creation of several state chapters (not simply created, most of them are actually active).
And who can ever forget the truly memorable Karanataka state conference! These meets turned out to be extremely popular; even trend-setting events for those who attended them.
And of course, the National conference in Delhi (FMPC 2015), with the active involvement of the Health Ministry itself, was the icing on the cake of exciting FM events!
Passing rates for the DNB(FM), conducted by the very demanding, strict and uncompromising NBE have been the best in the history of FM (probably any specialty) in 2015. It speaks volumes about the increasing numbers of accomplished guides in the specialty, and of course, students pursuing this commitment-heavy specialty by CHOICE, which, in turn, raised the interest in the subject, translating into better pass rates and career success.
2015 saw the emergence of new and exciting leaders for FM- among practitioners, student leaders and even advocates from conventional specialists, from grassroot practitioners, the general public and surprise, surprise- the usually antagonistic mainstream media!
The networking among FM specialists, both within India, and from Indians to all across the world, is getting wider, the interpersonal bonds and trust getting stronger, reliable and more productive with each month and every conference that is conducted. Every such interaction is almost a milestone in professional and personal growth- with no exaggeration here.
The National Board of Examinations (God Bless them for their noble intentions and support, for no one else in the medical education field really seems to bother about anything other than cash, cash, cash) started regular student and faculty development programmes for FM, offering unconditional support at every step.
The RCGP, WONCA, all have been assisting us in the works.
Things have never been better for FM in India. The buzz, the vibes, every good voice and feel about FM was growing louder and more positive than ever.
In 2016, we are looking up to even higher goals. It promises to be exciting.
Sometime, sooner or later, we hope that FM is able to reach each and every Indian, keeping people healthy, preventing illness, bring down cost of disease very heavily, and protect and prevent people from falling prey to unscrupulous elements within the medical field. The onus is on us.
Sooner rather than later, each and every Indian should be feeling secure and proud of his or her trusted family doctor. Lets hope the Government continues its support- which will surely happen if they are genuinely working in the interest of the people.
Miles to go before we sleep.
But the journey continues to be exciting and promising and satisfying.
Welcome 2016, and be good to us like your predecessor 🙂 And while we are at it, don’t miss the Tamil Nadu state event (CMC Vellore), planned in the middle of this year.
Lets all wish ourselves a great 2016!
Dr Bijayraj R
President-elect, AFPI-Kerala Chapter.